Escape the Everyday in Barbados

Posted June 25, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Barbados Barbados may be a slice of paradise in the Caribbean, but there's much more to this island than endless beaches and crashing waves (not that those are bad things). Come taste rum that's been sweetening drinks for centuries or get a sweeping view of the flavors of Barbadian cuisine in just one meal. After you've had your fill of food and drink, you can watch the sunset from the porch of your secluded guesthouse.

Mount Gay Estate: Pirates plundered for it, piña coladas require it, and you can learn all about it at the oldest distillery, now museum, in Barbados. For more than 300 years, Mount Gay has produced rum worth yo-ho-hoing about. Nowadays, the rum is produced elsewhere on the island, but you can still tour the museum, watch a video about rum-making, and view artifacts from the original estate. At the end of the tour, you can belly up to the rum bar to sample two different rums.

Brown Sugar Restaurant: For a variety of Barbadian cuisine, all you need is the Brown Sugar all-you-can-eat planter's buffet luncheon. The four-course menu includes regional specialties such as Bajan fishcakes, flying fish, cou-cou, and the famous pepperpot. Enjoy homemade desserts as you dine in a tropical outdoor patio, surrounded by ferns and chirping tree frogs. The buffet costs $52 BBD (about $26, check for current exchange rates), and runs from 12:00 to 2:30 from Mondays through Fridays, with a special lunch on Sundays.

Sea-U Guest House: Find your own private metaphorical island about nine miles away from Bridgetown at Sea-U Guest House. Located on a hilltop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by coconut palms, the traditional Bajan-style guesthouse encourages you to swing from a hammock as you watch the afternoon drift into sunset. At Sea-U!, you'll wake to freshly baked coconut or banana bread and unspoiled beaches waiting for you to come and play on them. Rooms start at $109 per night, and include breakfast.

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(Photo: iStockphoto/ Dmitry Ersler)

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